The world of technology, and especially where the internet is concerned, is full of so many esoteric theories, functions and programs, that it is easy for some people to get confused. Spyware may be one of those esoteric things in the computer world that is really only fully understood by a small segment of computer nerds and techies.
Yet, spyware is something most, if not all, computer users have experienced sometime in their digital lives, whether they knew it or not. Spyware is just one of those things, where even if you are not aware of what it is or what it does, you just know instinctively that it is not a good thing and that it is most likely something malicious and manipulative that you do not want to be anywhere near- especially when concerning something so vulnerable as a personal computer.
What Is Spyware? When people think of trouble on the internet, they think of things like computer viruses, spam and pop-up ad programs, and other nuisances that make your computer run slower and make surfing the internet a pain in the butt. But, those things are nothing compared to what spyware can do to you and your computer.
Spyware tends to be an independent entity that just roams around inside your computer, monitors your internet activity and then attempts to steal anything that would be useful to the person(s) who launched the spyware. This spyware is part of a larger organization of malicious programs known as malware. The malware problem has gotten so widespread that is now considered the number one threat to personal identification safety on the internet.
The Different Kinds of Spyware/ Malware Spyware and malware come in a variety of different forms, all of which have their own unique characteristics: Adware: a computer program that uses pop-up ads and other advertisements on the internet to infect your computer with a malicious software program.
Keyloggers: this type of spyware will save all your keystrokes on your computer and then use them to determine passwords and other personal information on your computer. Trojans: these malicious programs are possibly the worst of all because they slip into your computer system unnoticed.
They do this by operating as a Trojan horse, in which the software presents itself as a normal, beneficial computer program, but in reality, has something in it that will wreak havoc on your entire computer system and steal as much information as possible.
What Spyware and Malware Does to a Computer Slows down a computer and the internet Steals personal information (that can be used for identity theft) Floods computer with pop-up ads and spam e-mails Can eventually crash the computer Bob is a freelance writer for many online and print publications. His work mostly focuses on the tech industry, and internet safety specifically.
He has been the victim of spyware in the past but has learned a lot about how it works. He is currently writing a novel about his experiences with it. You can check your computer with hijack this.